Yale won’t be making an Ivy League Tournament appearance in coach Dalila Eshe’s first season at the helm after finishing fifth in the conference, but the Bulldogs came through on Senior Day with a 63-53 victory over Brown before many program alumni Saturday at John J. Lee Amphitheater.
The only senior captain for Yale (13-14, 7-7 Ivy), Camilla Emsbo, was honored before the game. Emsbo was injured all season and will compete at Duke next year as a graduate student.
Brown (11-15, 4-10) opened up a 17-10 lead on some timely three-point shooting. Yale did not score for the last 3:26 of the quarter and tied the game at 23-23 with a 10-point run. The Bulldogs finished the half up 33-28 on a nine-point rally.
Junior forward Haley Sabol had contributed 10 points and sophomore guard Nyla McGill had pitched in nine at the half.
The Bulldogs’ run grew to 14 in the second half until Brown sophomore guard Isabella Mauricio hit a three to cut the score to 38-31.
Yale led 49-37 at the end of the third quarter.
The home team opened up its largest lead of the game at 55-40 in the final quarter.
Eshe’s squad outrebounded Brown, 44-33.
Ivy assist leader and junior guard Jenna Clark dished seven assists.
The Bulldogs were led in an ensemble scoring effort by sophomore guard/forward Mackenzie Egger with 12 points. Rookie guard Grace Arnolie registered 14 points for Brown.